|Publication number||US8028872 B2|
|Application number||US 11/871,576|
|Publication date||Oct 4, 2011|
|Filing date||Oct 12, 2007|
|Priority date||Oct 12, 2007|
|Also published as||US20090095751|
|Publication number||11871576, 871576, US 8028872 B2, US 8028872B2, US-B2-8028872, US8028872 B2, US8028872B2|
|Original Assignee||Omniquest Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Referenced by (5), Classifications (20), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to utility pockets and pouches of the type found on tool bags, backpacks, brief cases, soft sided coolers and similar items, and more specifically to such a pocket having a magnetic closure feature.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Utility pockets are found on a wide variety of garments and work related apparel, as well as on such things as tool bags, backpacks, brief cases and soft sided coolers. Soft sided pockets were, in many instances, an improvement over the traditional hard sided tool boxes of the type used in the building trades. The traditional hard bodied tool box typically included either metal or hard plastic bodies that have a hinged top and a small removable tray that lifts out to reveal the inner confines of the box for bulk tool storage. Some of the prior art designs have small mounted drawers either in the top or the bottom for smaller tools or loose fasteners. Since these boxes are made of metal, hard plastic or rubber, they often do not conform to unique storage and use situations in real life trade applications.
In addition, most of such prior art designs of the type used for transporting tools and other building materials to a job site, were tedious and inefficient for a worker to use. They generally required a plumber, carpenter, or an electrician, to go back and forth from the tool box to pick up and drop off tools or building supplies or materials such as nails, screws, rivets, etc., while working on the job site. A more efficient way of accessing tools or building materials on the job site would be to load the tools or related items or supplies into an article worn on the body. Some workers have used aprons or vests with storage pockets, while others have utilized tool belts to accomplish these types of tasks.
Whether the item is one which is worn on the body such as a tool bag or pouch, or whether it is a backpack, brief case, soft sided cooler bag, or similar item, a need exists for an improved utility pocket for such items. In the case of a tool belt, the belt may have different receptacles and compartments for holding differently-shaped tools, building materials, supplies and accessories. One helpful accessory for such a tool belt is a pocket that serves as a small-parts organizer for objects such as nails, screws, bolts, fasteners, wires, nuts, and other objects that workers need in a large quantity of at the work site.
A need exists for such a utility pocket which is simple in design and economical to manufacture and which can easily be incorporated into existing tool bag designs, as well as into existing backpacks, brief cases, coolers, and similar items. In the example of a brief case, the pocket might be used to hold a cell phone, office accessories such as paper clips, stick-on note pads, etc. In the case of the backpack, the pocket might hold any number of camping, hiking or outdoor type accessory items, such as a compass, snack foods, a pen knife, matches, etc.
A need exists for such a utility pocket design, for any of the above noted end applications, which can be accessed with either the left or right hand and which features a magnetic closure to automatically bias the pocket opening to the closed position once the interior contents of the pocket have been accessed.
A need exists for such a design which presents an attractive appearance on a variety of different product lines whether for a consumer item such as a briefcase of backpack, or whether used on more of a utility item such as a tool bag or pouch.
The present invention is a utility pocket for an accessory item where the accessory item has at least one sidewall panel for receiving the pocket. The improved pocket of the invention includes a relatively rigid outer clam shell member, formed of a course fabric, having an arcuate shaped front panel portion with opposing side panels. The outer clam shell member also has a top edge, a bottom edge and opposing side edges. The bottom edge of the clam shell member is attached to the sidewall panel of the accessory item by sewing the bottom edge to the sidewall panel, thereby creating a flexible hinge region for the pocket. The clam shell member has an underside which, together with the sidewall panel, forms an interior region of the pocket.
A length of elastic webbing connects an underside of each of the opposing side panels of the clam shell member to the sidewall panel of the accessory item. The respective lengths of webbing serve to bias the clam shell member between an open position which places the webbing in tension, and a normally relaxed and closed position. The open position of the clam shell member forms a pocket opening which allows access to an underside of the clam shell member and thus to the interior region of the pocket.
The sidewall panel of the item has a permanent magnet located thereon. The clam shell member also has a permanent magnet mounted thereon in an upper interior region of the member, contact between the panel magnet and the magnet on the clam shell member serving to retain the pocket in the closed position.
The course nature of the fabric which is selected for the material used to form the clam shell member results in its retaining its arcuate shape without the presence of such additional structural members as metal reinforcing members sewn into the fabric. Preferably, the shell member is formed of 500-700 Denier polyester fabric. Most preferably, the clam shell member is formed of 600 Denier polyester fabric.
The top edge of the clam shell member is also preferably provided with a downwardly facing handle secured thereto on an exterior surface thereof. The downwardly facing handle can be formed having a fabric cover and having a length of hard plastic sheeting contained within the cover, the hard plastic sheeting serving to further reinforce the shape of the clam shell member.
The pocket is accessed from either left or right hand sides by simply grasping the handle and pulling with enough force to overcome the inherent bias of the elastic webbing, plus the force exerted by the contact between the permanent magnets. In the normally closed position of the pocket, the magnets are engaged and exert an additional bias which tends to resist movement of the clam shell member in a direction away from the sidewall panel of the item, thereby helping to ensure that the pocket stays in the closed position so that items contained within the pocket interior tend to remain in place.
Additional objects, features and advantages will be apparent in the written description which follows.
The embodiments herein and the various features and advantageous details thereof are explained more fully with reference to the non-limiting embodiments that are illustrated in the accompanying drawings and detailed in the following description. Descriptions of well-known components and processes and manufacturing techniques are omitted so as to not unnecessarily obscure the embodiments herein. The examples used herein are intended merely to facilitate an understanding of ways in which the invention herein may be practiced and to further enable those of skill in the art to practice the embodiments herein. Accordingly, the examples should not be construed as limiting the scope of the claimed invention.
In both of the examples illustrated in the drawings, the “accessory item” has at least one sidewall panel, such as the panels 13, 15 shown in
As shown in
The relatively rigid outer clam shell member 27 has a top edge 29, a bottom edge 31 and opposing side edges 33, 35. The bottom edge 31 (
A length of elastic webbing, such as the length of webbing 39 shown in
As best seen in
The permanent magnet 43 which is located in the sidewall panel of the item and the permanent magnet 45 located in the upper region of the clam shell member engage when the pocket is in the closed position shown in
Another unique aspect of the pocket of the invention is the fact that the course nature of the fabric chosen for the clam shell member 27, in addition to certain other structural features of the fabric, results in retaining the arcuate shape of the clam shell without the presence of metal reinforcing members sewn into the fabric. This results not only in economy of manufacture but also in the provision of a finished item which is attractive in appearance and which does not present sharp edges or run the risk of metal fatigue despite numerous opening and closing actions of the pocket.
As shown in
An invention has been provided with several advantages. The utility pocket of the invention can be used with a variety of different types of accessory items including soft sided tool boxes and pouches, soft sided coolers, briefcases, back packs and the like. The pocket is attractive in appearance and provides a unique “snap type action” which biases the pocket toward the closed position and assists in closing and retaining the pocket contents. The clam shell appearance of the outer pocket retains its shape without the necessity of internal metal reinforcing elements. The pocket is simple in design and economical to manufacture and can be used in a wide variety of applications by simply shifting the outer clam shell member to the sidewall panel of the item of interest.
While the invention has been shown in only two of its forms, it is not thus limited but is susceptible to various changes and modifications without departing from the spirit thereof.
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|U.S. Classification||224/183, 224/683, 224/274, 224/674, 224/679, 224/678, 224/682, 224/680, 220/230, 224/681|
|International Classification||A45F5/00, A45F3/04|
|Cooperative Classification||A45F2200/0575, A45C2011/002, A45F5/021, A45F5/02, A45C13/1069|
|European Classification||A45C13/10M, A45F5/02, A45F5/02B|
|Dec 10, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: OMNIQUEST LTD., TEXAS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HAMLIN, BRIAN;REEL/FRAME:021950/0948
Effective date: 20081204
|Feb 27, 2012||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: G. A. GOLDEN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL CORP., CALIFORN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:OMNIQUEST LTD.;REEL/FRAME:027769/0372
Effective date: 20120227
|Apr 1, 2015||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4